"You wouldn't think getting shot could be somebody's big break, but it might be Jackie 'Dip' Dippolito's. When he takes the bullet for mob boss Tony Montello's kid, his luck seems to have turned. A lifelong streetguy doing dirty odd-jobs for the 'made' mafiosi, the odds were 50-to-1 that he'd ever make his bones. Having shielded the boss's only son, Dip moves up and into Montello's inner circle. Montello's got a special job for him, in fact. Bookmaking? Loan sharking? Fixing the ponies? Nothing so usual. Montello wants him to teach his kid geometry. And history. And English. So the kid can finally graduate high school and maybe go on to college and be an educated gangster. The kid would rather go the track and learn the family business on-the-job........................"
Used availability for Jim Cirni's The Big Squeeze
February 1991 : USA Hardback
March 2000 : USA Paperback